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September 1, 2009
Rep. John Salazar (D-CO) introduced the Air Medical Safety Act, HR 1201, to the U.S. Congress on Feb. 25, 2009. The bill requires, in part, "a pilot of an aircraft providing emergency medical services, whenever there is a crew on board, regardless of whether there is a patient on board, to comply with federal safety operating requirements governing commuter and on demand operations." At a...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report on the I-70 helicopter crash in Maryland that resulted in the deaths of the pilot and three passengers. The Robinson R44 helicopter struck a guy wire that crossed I-70 near Boonsboro the night of July 23 and crashed just off the roadway. Advanced Helicopter Concepts (AHC), a nonprofit charity and helicopter pilot...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL FAA has granted organization designation authorization (ODA) to American Eurocopter, Grand Prairie, Texas. The approval enables the helicopter manufacturer to act on behalf of the U.S. regulatory agency when issuing and...
September 1, 2009
SERVICES The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued CAR 35 approval for United Rotorcraft Solutions and Ahlers Aerospace night...
September 1, 2009
Textron Inc. has appointed John L. Garrison, Jr. as president and CEO of its Bell Helicopter subsidiary. He takes over from Richard "Dick" Millman, who worked in various roles for Textron for 43 years, becoming Bell’s president and CEO in January 2007. Garrison comes from Textron’s Industrial segment. Textron has also hired Frank T. Connor as executive vice president and CFO of Bell...
September 1, 2009
Hurst, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) to collaborate on helicopters for Indonesian government agencies. Bell will manufacture model 412EPs in North America and PTDI will assemble them at its facilities in Bandung, Indonesia. Lockheed...
September 1, 2009
On a bright and sunny day over the skies of the Hudson River adjacent to the Manhattan Skyline in New York City, two aircraft collided and fell into the river on August 8, killing nine people. The airplane was a Piper 32 and the helicopter was a Eurocopter AS350. Anyone who has flown in this area knows the Hudson River and East River Exclusion areas in and around New York City are probably the most...
August 1, 2009
This, my friends, is going to be a two-part editorial. This first part contains a recommendation directed at each and every individual who reads Rotor & Wing, from the CEOs of the industry’s leading producers, to the summer intern who found a copy of this magazine on the table in the break room. It has to do with something that happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I don’t fly as much as I...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL It’s official — the Bell 429 light twin helicopter has received certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). With the FAA having also granted its certification, the floodgates are open and Bell is scheduled to begin delivering 429s to its North American clients. According to the Fort Worth, Texas-based...
August 1, 2009
PAS Technologies has promoted Donald Spriggs to serve as the company’s chief technology officer. Spriggs will oversee long-term technology initiatives for PAS. Spriggs, who joined Kansas City, Mo.-based PAS Technologies in 2006, most recently served as vice president of product development. Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewic, Wash. has been appointed to the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military...
August 1, 2009
August 13-15 — LABACE 2009, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Contact ABAG, phone +55 115-032-2727 (International) or 1-202-783-9000 (NBAA) in the U.S. Web: www.abag.org.br/labace2009/site_labace.Labace1.htm August 17-21 — 42nd Annual Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology, State College, Penn. Contact: Phone: 1-814-863-0602; Web: www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/rotary-wing August 27-30 —...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE An EMS helicopter operated by Air Evac EMS unintentionally shut down traffic on Route 50 in Greenwood, W.V. on June 17, 2009, after clipping some power lines. The Bell 206B helicopter, transporting a six year-old...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
August 1, 2009
The next time you’re doing your preflight and marvel at the complexity of your craft, think about all of the parts that go unseen, which must work harmoniously for hours on end without fail. Lucky for you, your maintenance staff is intimately acquainted with all those parts. They have to be, if we are to provide airborne law enforcement day-in and day-out, and return safely to earth without an...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Hawaii County is getting a new MD500E to replace its aging Chopper One. The new helicopter, which the Hawaii County Fire Department will operate, will handle...
August 1, 2009
Love it or Move Concerning a recent article on your website, "High Fliers in Hamptons Irk Ground-Bound," that states "East Hampton Airport’s complaint hotline registers about 100 calls each summer Friday and Sunday, about 95 of them complaining of helicopters," I say, "Let them eat cake." We should empathize with residents of the Hamptons? What we need is an...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s X2 Technology demonstrator has completed two test flights that included full engagement of the unique propeller for the first time. In one hour of testing conducted in two flights, the aircraft flew at speeds reaching 52 knots in one test and 42 knots with the propeller providing forward thrust in the second flight. The X2 Technology...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | TRAINING The European Space Agency has selected AgustaWestland Senior Test Pilot Tim Peake to be an astronaut. Peake will be the first-ever British astronaut to join the European Astronaut Corps (EAC). He is one of four successful candidates chosen for the EAC, which currently has eight astronauts. In his new position, Peake will be trained to...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Hold your horses — NASA does not have approval to spend $26.1 million on rotary wing research — at least not yet. Recent media reports quoted NASA aerospace engineer Odilyn Maria as saying the agency would spend...
August 1, 2009
To say that it is an ambitious product would be an understatement, but to say that it is impossible would be exaggeration. However, France and Germany have certainly set themselves a difficult task. Both countries want to procure a common heavy lift helicopter. Germany needs to replace its Sikorsky CH-53G aircraft by around 2020, while the French armed forces, which have not previously operated a heavy...
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